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Document-like Voice Recording Exploration

How could voice recording feel like word processing?

Concept

In this design exploration we asked the question "How could a voice recording feel like generating a document in a word processor?"

In response to the proliferation of individual podcasts, we wanted to see how we might make the process of creating an audio recording feel more familiar to the average user.

Implementation

We focused on two particular aspects of document creation that are very familiar to word processing tools: pagination, and styling.

For pagination we designed an interface that showed the waveform in it's familiar style, but wrapped the waveform at a specified point such that it wrapped and grew vertically like lines of text in a document. We also allowed users to indicate by the "enter" key that they were starting a "new paragraph".

For styling we carried over the familiar concepts of "bolding", "italicizing" etc into the voice recording. A possible implementation of bolding in a voice recording might mean making the voice louder or playing bold backgroud music.

The mock-up images where produced in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and were later used in an application for patent protection.